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While not everyone is back on the road and in the air just yet, travel demand is certainly on the upswing. And when you’re ready to take to the skies again, you’ll want to have a pile of frequent flyer miles ready to go so you have the flexibility to hop on a flight as soon as you can.
Fortunately, there are some great limited-time welcome offers available on American Express’ personal and business Delta credit cards — in fact, they’re the highest bonuses we’ve seen to date on these cards. But there’s only a short time left to take advantage of them, since they expire on Nov. 10, 2021. That makes now an ideal time to apply if you’re hoping to get a chunk of Delta SkyMiles. Let’s take a look at the personal card offers first.
Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card: Earn 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $500 in the first three months after opening the account.
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card: Earn 70,000 bonus miles when you spend $2,000 in the first three months after opening the account.
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card: Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) when you spend $3,000 in the first three months after opening the account.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card: Earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) when you spend $5,000 in the first three months after opening the account.
Delta uses a dynamic pricing scheme for its award flights instead of a fixed award chart, so you can expect to get a fairly consistent value for your miles. Frequent flyer website The Points Guy values Delta SkyMiles at 1.1 cents apiece, making these bonuses worth between $110 and a crazy-high $990.
The bonus MQMs offered on the Delta Platinum and Delta Reserve cards can also be a big boost for anyone actively chasing Delta elite status, especially since Delta is rolling over all 2021 MQMs to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic after previously rolling 2020 MQMs to 2021 for all Delta SkyMiles members.
iStockThere are four different personal Delta credit cards available.
While all these cards are geared toward Delta flyers, the best Delta credit card for you depends on your spending habits and how frequently you plan to fly with the airline as travel returns to normal.
If it’s simply bonus miles you’re after, then the Delta SkyMiles Blue Amex card is for you. It earns 2 miles for every dollar you spend on eligible Delta purchases and at restaurants worldwide, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. It also features a 20% discount on in-flight purchases, access to Delta’s Pay With Miles program, no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee (see rates and fees).
Click here to earn Delta miles with no annual fee with the Delta Blue Amex card.
However, if you plan to fly Delta occasionally — even once per year — as travel returns and you don’t mind paying an annual fee, you’ll get a lot more value from the Delta SkyMiles Gold Amex. The card has a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then a $99 annual fee thereafter (see rates and fees)
Aside from a much heftier welcome bonus, the Delta Gold Amex comes with more perks, including your first checked bag free when flying Delta (which normally costs $30 to $60 for economy passengers), priority boarding and a $100 Delta flight credit after you spend $10,000 in eligible purchases on your card in a calendar year.
And, in addition to earning 2 miles per dollar at U.S. supermarkets, Delta Gold Amex card members earn 2 miles for each dollar spent at restaurants, including takeout and delivery, as well as 2 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases.
Save money with the Delta Gold Amex card with a free checked bag when flying Delta.
If you plan to go on more than a few trips each year and Delta is your carrier of choice, it’ll probably make more sense to go with one of Delta’s more premium credit cards. The Delta SkyMiles Platinum Amex and the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Amex have annual fees of $250 (see rates and fees) and $550 (see rates and fees) respectively, but are loaded with elite-like benefits and shortcuts to earning elite status to go along with them.
The Delta Platinum Amex has many of the same perks as the Gold version, such as a free checked bag on Delta flights and priority boarding. You’ll also earn 3 miles for every dollar you spend at hotels and on eligible Delta purchases, as well as the same 2 miles per dollar at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets.
The card also comes with a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck fee credit worth up to $100 every four years (or four and a half years for TSA PreCheck) and a domestic main cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your card.
Related: Dig into more details with our guide to the best credit cards for Delta flyers.
For those chasing Silver, Gold or Platinum elite status, the Delta Platinum Amex waives Delta’s Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQD) requirement when you spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year, which could be useful since the first months of travel this year were cut short by the pandemic.
Plus, Amex has expanded the card’s Status Boost feature for 2021. When you spend $25,000 on the Delta Platinum Amex this year, you’ll earn 12,500 bonus MQMs toward elite status. That’s 25% more than the normal 10,000 MQMs offered with Status Boost on the card, and you can do it twice in a year, so you’ll get another 12,500 bonus MQMs if you get to a total of $50,000 spending in 2021.
Earn Delta elite status faster with the Delta Platinum Amex card.
iStockDelta MQMs earned in 2020 and 2021 are rolling over to 2022 to help you earn elite status for 2023.
Meanwhile, the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Amex comes with even more benefits, such as complimentary access to Delta Sky Clubs as well as the exclusive American Express Centurion Lounges — which have now all reopened across the country -— when you’re flying on a Delta flight, access to complimentary upgrades for non-elites and an annual companion certificate that can be used for first-class travel each year upon renewal of your card.
The card earns 3 miles for every dollar you spend on eligible Delta purchases and 1 mile for every dollar you spend on everything else. And with the Delta Reserve Amex, you’re also getting an enhanced Status Boost feature this year. You’ll earn 18,750 MQMs for every $30,000 spent on the Delta Reserve Amex in 2021, up to four times within the calendar year.
That’s 25% more than the usual 15,000 MQMs earned with each Status Boost, and if you earn all four possible boosts, you’ll get Delta Platinum elite status without even stepping on a plane.
Related: Earn Delta elite status in 2021 without even flying by using this credit card perk.
You can also waive Delta’s MQD requirement for elite status up to the Platinum level by spending $25,000 in a calendar year on the Delta Reserve Amex, or the MQD requirement for Diamond status by spending at least $250,000.
And similar to the Platinum card, you’ll also receive a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee credit of up to $100 and a yearly companion certificate. Although, this companion certificate is not limited to just a main cabin fare and can also be used towards domestic First Class and Comfort+. Card members also receive access to complimentary upgrades.
Access the Amex Centurion Lounge when flying Delta using the Delta Reserve Amex card.
If you own a business, you might want to consider getting one of the Delta business credit cards, which come with slightly different perks and bonuses than the personal cards. Here’s a look at the welcome offers currently available for a limited time now through Nov. 10, 2021, on the three Delta business cards:
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card: Earn 70,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit when you spend $2,000 in the first three months after opening the account.
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card: Earn 90,000 bonus miles, 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and a $100 statement credit when you spend $3,000 in the first three months after opening the account.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card: Earn 80,000 bonus miles, 20,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and a $200 statement credit when you spend $5,000 in the first three months after opening the account.
Similar to the personal version, the Delta Gold Business Amex comes with a free checked bag and priority boarding on Delta flights, a 20% discount on eligible in-flight purchases, access to Delta’s Pay with
It’s your last chance to score up to 90,000 bonus miles with these Delta credit card offers
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